Injury Updates: Gregory Polanco and Francisco Cervelli Aren’t Close to a Return

PITTSBURGH — Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco and catcher Francisco Cervelli both took batting practice and did field work at PNC Park on Wednesday, but neither player seems close to a return to the lineup.

Polanco, who is suffering from a left hamstring strain, has been running on an underwater treadmill to try to build himself back up to strength, but team trainer Todd Tomczyk said it’s questionable whether he will be able to return this season.

Cervelli has a left wrist injury and seems closer to a return, with the club contemplating whether or not he will require a rehab assignment before getting back to action.

***George Kontos will disengage from baseball activities until Friday before attempting go throw again. Tomczyk characterized Kontos’ right groin strain as minor and said that if all goes well, Kontos could come off the disabled list when he’s eligible to return Aug. 30.

***Joaquin Benoit’s left knee inflammation is a flare-up of the same issue that landed him on the disabled list earlier this year when he was with Philadelphia. He will also be evaluated on Friday after a few days off.

***Wade LeBlanc is progressing from his left quad strain and is expected to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday. LeBlanc is eligible to return from the disabled list Aug. 28.

***In the minors, Austin Meadows has returned to action from his oblique issue, which Tomczyk said was mostly precautionary.

***Gage Hinsz has been placed on the minor-league disabled list with a scapular stress fracture. It will end Hinsz’s regular season, but Tomcyzk wasn’t sure how it would affect things beyond that.

“We’re still working through the process of working through the next steps for him,” he said. “It’s nothing significant that’s going to cause long-term disability.”

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Brian Z

shut down Polanco and I hope Cervelli gets back soon. I’d rather have Diaz over any of them but if they are going to keep going with Stewart, then might as well get Cervelli back


Wow! This report is quite a bit different from the Post-Gazette headline. Cervelli close to return.


This organization has really bad JUJU. I think old man Nutting sold his soul to the devil and its rearing its ugly head on his sons. Let’s take the old man out and burn him at the stake! Cast out ye wicked spirit. On a lighter note my electricity was knocked out and I could not watch the train wreck.

Harry S

Let’s hope the Steelers don’t have a bad JuJu, although he’s had 3 injuries in training camp.


I just read tweets saying Pirates are “optimistic” Polanco will return this season. What is going on. (Although I’d just rest him at this point)

John Dreker

It’s the same interview for everyone, the trainer meets with the media. Questionable if he returns and optimistic he could return almost mean the same thing in that neither is 100%. He did not say he would return and didn’t say he wouldn’t. The wordings do sound like it’s something different being said, but in reality, he either returns or he doesn’t, there’s only two options.


Right, essentially both don’t give any confirmation but still, one’s more positive and the other’s not!

John Dreker

I would just look at the bigger picture in that he isn’t close to returning right now and there are only 39 days left until the last day of the season. So if he does end up making it back, it won’t make much of a difference.


True, I just wish he rests and figures out how to prevent it from recurring…

John Dreker

That would make sense. He might want to play again, but at this point, his return won’t matter for this season. Would be better to keep him working out and give him a plan going into the off-season.


Unless you know… we make it to the playoffs. Cause we are still technically competing.



I’m on Team Alan. 😉

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